dydd gŵyl dewi

my maternal grandfather was welsh, so, for the past three or four years, we’ve celebrated st. david’s day and our welsh heritage with traditional welsh meals. since i was celebrating by myself this year i went all out and made a welsh breakfast in addition to a welsh dinner. i might not be very much…

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oh hapless pie, and other thoughts

i try to do everything. but i don’t always do it well or the most efficiently. i take the long way ’round by accident. i get lost in too many thoughts at once and forget what my hands are supposed to be doing or my eyes are supposed to be watching. i choose the obscure…

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the best not-pies in kansas

“what’s your favorite kind of sweets/baked goods, ladies?” i asked two of my friends the other day. “cookies are good,” replied friend jess. “anything not pie,” said friend roberta (who i always want to call “robbie” and never do). restrictions were no coconut, mint, fruit or mixed-in peanut butter. suggestions were chocolate chips. hmm. hmm.…

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granola days

‘When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet at last, ‘what’s the first thing you say to yourself?’ ‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’ ‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. ‘It’s the same thing,’ he said. — a.a. milne, the…

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summer juice

saturday soundtrack: the welcome wagon, welcome to the welcome wagon i know it’s not strictly summer yet. according to my internal calendar, however, june 1st equals summer, just like december 1st equals winter (and october 1st equals autumn. spring, fickle, enchanting season that it is, surprises me every year, regardless of how ardently i’ve been…

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three-foot-tall delights

delightful observations yesterday of a gloriously joyful, very special little girl. and then more adventures today with small people. a little charmer with crystal blue eyes, a bright pink dress, red painted toenails and sparkly sandals held my hand in the church buffet lunch line. “this is fruit salad,” i said. “i want some of…

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cause for celebration

this week there were two grand events worth celebrating. i hope you noticed your calendar and were therefore able to join in with your own commemorations. the first, as you can almost not have not noticed (er, what?), was on wednesday, february 29th. that’s right: leap day! well, i forgot to leap, i must admit…

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if only everyone were this sweet about being edited

from smitten kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs — Yesterday morning, at last, I handed in my cookbook’s edits. And I know, you’re thinking, “but I thought you already handed your book in?” and I had. Copyedits, which come back six weeks later, are like closing costs (or so I understand) when you buy a…

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peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

cupcake ingredients: 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 generous tablespoons peanut butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk half a bag of dark or semisweet chocolate chips — — — icing ingredients: 1 stick butter about 2/3…

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